Books About Black Teens Redux #TopTenTuesday

Whew, it has been a minute since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday post. Did you know there’s a new host? And that today is the meme’s tenth birthday? Whew, time passes so quickly.

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Today’s prompt is to pick a past TTT topic you’ve done and re-do/update it, which is perfect because I’m still mad about all the books/movies/TV shows being promoted as Black stories but that only show Black pain or Black poverty or just read my original post about it. In fact, I’m mad enough about it that I’ve had more than one conversation with friends about how stupid and annoying it is, and I have concluded (again) that Toni Morrison is right about racism functioning as nothing but a distraction.

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S is for Social Media #AtoZChallenge

Okay, so I already talked about how I have been using Instagram more, which…I’m still bad at posting but very good at lurking. So, you know, it’s fine.

But, you know, Facebook has been awesome for this time. I have at least one friend who had mostly given up the platform come back with a vengeance, and other people are posting more frequently. Twitter still is not quite the platform for me, but again, people are posting a ton and it’s super great. Also, we must not forget blogs, another place to post about what we care about and what’s important to us.

Social media was made for such a time as this. We are able to actually connect with each other and support each other. One friend posted she was lonely, so I texted her to set up a call. Another friend discovered which store had toilet paper and posted it for other local people to see. It’s a great way to see which causes we support to encourage those of us who can to donate to them.

That’s all amazing, right? But you know the real best part about social media?

THE MEMES.

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2018 End of Year Book Survey

Hosted, as always, by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner. I am also cross-posting this with the #AMonthofFaves blog event. Today’s prompt is squee worthy reads, and I think I more than cover that in this post!

Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 75
Number of Audiobooks: 10
Number of Rereads: 4
Number Unfinished/Abandoned: 12 (3 of these were audiobooks)


Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

The Mother of Black Hollywood: A MemoirThe Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to the audio version of this, which I highly recommend. It’s like sitting in a room with her while she tells you her story. Plus, she sings! So that’s fun.

I appreciated Lewis’s honesty here, especially as she spoke of her sex addiction and bipolar disorder. I *loved* all the stuff about how she came to terms with her childhood and how she learned to forgive her mother. The story about the white man coming to the door and insulting her mother? WHEW.

Lewis makes liberal use of the f-word and isn’t shy about detailing her sexual history (there’s a chapter called “Dick Diva,” for example). If these are things that may offend you, probably don’t read this. But if you want a brutally honest account of working in show business while learning to accept and manage a mental illness, then definitely check it out.

Also, I totally want to hang out with Jenifer Lewis and Brandy. How do I make this happen?

Read Harder 2018, Task 12: A celebrity memoir

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Days 29 & 30 #BlackMusicMonth #30DayMusicChallenge

I didn’t post yesterday because I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to pick for the prompt. A song you HAVE to play loud? I mean, I get it, but I feel like I don’t really blast music anymore, so I would have to go way back. And when I did blast music, what would I blast? Also, honestly, it’s less that I play an entire song last and more that there are specific verses–especially with rap–that I have to play loud.

Day 29: A song you have to play loud

So the first song that popped into my head for this was “It’s All About the Benjamins” by Puff Daddy and the Family, especially Li’l Kim’s and Biggie’s verses (so you know, the end).

I am also a fan of the rock remix. Same volume rules apply.

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Days 26, 27, 28 #BlackMusicMonth #30DayMusicChallenge

I missed the past three days for many reasons, but now it’s time to jump back in and get caught up. So! Let’s hit it.

Day 26: A song with your favorite lyrics

Literally, all I could think about was Hamilton and my favorite lyrics from that are from “Say No to This”: Uh OH / you found the wrong sucker to CUCKOLD / so time to pay the piper for the pants you UNBUCKLED”

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Day 24: A song everybody loves that you decidedly don’t love #BlackMusicMonth #30DayMusicChallenge

This song has always irritated me. I even tried to give it another chance a few years ago, and it still gets on my ever loving nerves. The song? “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

I know it’s supposed to be a feel good song, but wow, it just does not work for me.

Black Music Month 30 Day Challenge 2018

Day 23: A song people might be surprised you like #BlackMusicMonth #30DayMusicChallenge

Okay, I wasn’t sure what I was going to pick for this day, but Naima said the black part of Black Music Month is relaxed today, and our choice could be/include a genre people may be surprised we’re into, etc. That made it easier for me to come up with my answer.

I love pop as well as R&B/hip-hop, so I don’t think the fact that I love any pop crossover songs (no matter the genre) would be all that shocking. If a song is that big, I’ve probably heard it and enjoyed it. Power rock ballads and all of that are things that are on my radar and will be named without hesitation as songs I dig.

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Days 21 & 22 #BlackMusicMonth #30DayMusicChallenge

I missed yesterday because I was traveling all day. First, my daughter and I flew to San Francisco. Then, we drove into downtown San Francisco (during the beginning of rush hour). Then, we drove out of downtown San Francisco (during the middle of rush hour–I do not recommend this) to Oakland. Then, we drove to San Jose. Then, we drove back to Oakland.

And when I say “we,” I mean “I” because my daughter couldn’t drive the rental car.

So, you know. No posting yesterday. But! I can do it now.

The day 21 prompt was a song that’s attached to a really great memory. My answer is “Expression” by Salt-N-Pepa.

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Day 20: A favorite cover song #BlackMusicMonth #30DayMusicChallenge

Okay, so it’s impossible for me to pick ONE song for this prompt. IMPOSSIBLE. I mean, ignoring the fact that I have not picked one song for most of the other prompts, cover songs are just the backbone of most of the music I listen to. Consider the fact that both (both!) of Whitney Houston’s signature songs are covers. And you can’t expect me to choose between “Greatest Love of All” and “I Will Always Love You.” Can you?

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Day 19: A song that soothes you #BlackMusicMonth #30DayMusicChallenge

About ten or so years ago, when I was having a really hard time, I created a gospel playlist to help me maintain balance. And while some of those songs will make my runners-up list, my main go to when I need soothing these days is “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley.

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